- by GI Magazine
- Sep 15, 2022
SEOUL, July 7 (Reuters) - State media on Thursday urged that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un summoned a conference aimed to strengthen the ruling Workers' Party of Korea's (WPK) "monolithic" leadership across society. The state news agency KCNA stated, “The conference involved realizing the organizational and ideological consolidation of the Party ranks in every way that engaged in enhancing the party's leadership role.” The event engrossed on organisations that monitor and engage police loyalty of officials and members across the country. This included the "Party Life Guidance" (PLG) sections. According to a 2019 report by HRNK (Human Rights in North Korea), the U.S.-based Committee the party life guidance is "arguably the most critical function" of the WPK (Workers' Party of Koreans), that finds and rules the party of North Korea.
According to the HRNK report, PLG, which is a part of the powerful Organization and Guidance Department, keeps an eye on trends and patterns in people's behaviour, especially those that collide with interests of the supreme leader. Regular self-criticism sessions where participants must admit their transgressions and defend themselves against other members are one of its strategies. Additionally, it is in charge of disseminating instructions from senior officials and is involved in deciding which individuals can run for office.
Bestowing to KCNA, Kim described party life guidance as the fundamental axis for carrying out the party's ideas and policies and referred to it as a "blood channel and nerve gland" that firmly connects party organisations with the central committee. Since taking power in 2011, Kim has conducted more activities to bolster his hold over the nation. Rendering to experts, the fight against the pandemic has made it easier for his authoritarian regime to impose further restrictions on the media, travel, economics, and other facets of life.
Human rights experts claim that North Korea has engaged in extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances, torture, arbitrary detentions, sexual assault, and forced labour. Government officials have denied abusing their subjects. In addition to its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak, North Korea is also dealing with the economic effects of international sanctions as well as unpredictable weather phenomena like high temperatures and floods. It claimed to have the COVID-19 crisis under control, but foreign experts have questioned the assertions due to a lack of data.